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Annie's Mailbox: Father Who Can't See His Child

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Dear Annie: My daughter hasn't spoken to me in 20 years. "Linda" is 45 years old and has been married since around 1993. I wasn't invited to her wedding, so I am not sure. I think she received a master's degree, but I wasn't invited to her graduation, so I'm not sure of that, either.

Linda's mother left me for her married lover when our ...Read more

Jealousy Causing Tension in Family

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Dear Annie: I need your advice. After our son's divorce decades ago, he was granted full custody of his infant daughter. They both moved home with my husband and me. They lived with us for 18 years, and we helped raise our granddaughter. Naturally, we are extremely close to her.

Our married daughter and her husband resent the fact that we are...Read more

Ask Amy: Friendship falters on unsolicited advice

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Dear Amy: I have been friends with "Susan" for over 35 years. I have shared many extremely sensitive and delicate problems with her.

She has taken on the role of giving me lots of personal advice.

In the past her advice was helpful, but in recent years, it has become more intrusive. A number of times I have started a conversation by saying, "I...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: College Bound and Confused

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Dear Annie: I am a senior in high school. I have been dating "Brianna" for 10 months. She graduated last year and attended a community college, but really had no ambition or motivation to be there. We spent last summer together, and I honestly fell head over heels in love with her.

Here's the problem. I have been accepted to many colleges out ...Read more

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Rebel Wilson launching Fluid dating app that lets users 'explore a wider dating pool' regardless of orientation

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Rebel Wilson wants to help you widen your dating pool. The Australian-born actor is launching a new dating app designed to help curious singles of any sexual orientation to match and meet new people.

Fluid, which is expected to be available in the App Store in the coming weeks, will use the “latest matchmaking technology and an advanced ...Read more


Considering moving in with your partner? Have these crucial conversations first

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LOS ANGELES -- Hillary Chang had been dating her boyfriend for three years when he asked her a question that would change their relationship forever: Do you want to move in together?

He'd been offered a new job in tech sales, which would require him to move from their current city of San Diego to Los Angeles. Their relationship had been going ...Read more

Is My Online Romance Going Anywhere?

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Dear Annie: I am in contact with this guy who is 52 years old, and I am 58. I have never actually met him; he said he was planning to visit me, but when he arrived at the airport to fly to see me, he realized he needed more money for his flight. I told him to go home and said we can meet another time.

Then he told me he had to go to France ...Read more

Ask Amy: Fussy babies lead to fussy concert goers

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Dear Amy: I recently attended a community band concert, which was spoiled by small children in the audience, crying and fussing. To make matters worse, the family was sitting at the front of the auditorium, so they added to the distraction by not only walking the entire length of the auditorium to remove the crying children, but returning with ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Begging for Mummy and Daddy

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Dear Annie: I am a 19-year-old heroin addict striving toward recovery. I go to five Narcotics Anonymous meetings a week, but I have occasional setbacks. After the most recent incident, I left drug paraphernalia in the bathroom. I took full responsibility and was ashamed and disgusted with myself. But the first thing my mother said was, "Did you ...Read more

More Support for Women's Health Challenges

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Dear Annie: Your advice for "Lost but Still in Love" was perfect. Being a health care professional, I had an understanding of what was transpiring when my wife started to enter pre-menopause, and I could support her during this transition into menopause. I honestly have no idea how so many women go through this with so little support from ...Read more

Ask Amy: A husband grapples with his wife’s child-free choice

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Dear Amy: My wife and I have been married for 13 years. We both recently turned 40.

Before getting married, she had always expressed wanting to have two kids. I wanted that, too!

We put this off for a few years to gain a good financial standing.

Her younger sister had two children, and the inevitable questions started flying regarding when we...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Don't Want It To Happen Again

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Dear Annie: Several years ago, I stayed with my aunt and uncle for a week. My aunt sent me down to the basement to tell my uncle to come upstairs for dinner. When I turned the corner, I caught him pulling up his pants in front of the computer screen. He asked me not to tell my aunt, and I didn't.

During my time there, he did several other ...Read more

My Family's Turned Their Backs on Me

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Dear Annie: My biological family wants nothing to do with me or my new wife. Our story is long. My sons, their wives and children are all very mad at me for saying and doing a few things they didn't like. I have said I was very sorry, but nothing will ever change. I left their mother because of her anger problems, so that's two strikes against...Read more

Ask Amy: Requesting a wedding ‘plus one’ is awkward

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Dear Amy: Is there a way that a wedding invitation addressed to my wife and me and our 40-year-old single son could be changed to a “plus one” invitation so my son could bring his serious girlfriend of two-plus years to the wedding?

The groom is the eldest son of our closest family friend.

My son will likely not want to travel from one ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Terrified for Our Daughter

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Dear Annie: Our daughter, "Mattie," is 42 years old. She has been married for 10 years and has two school-age children. Due to her husband's work transfers, Mattie twice was left alone with the children for several months while she tried to sell the house and her husband moved to the new location.

The first time it happened, things worked out ...Read more

Is It Too Late Now to Say Sorry?

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Dear Annie: I've noticed that you often, if not always, tell your readers to try counseling. I thought it might be helpful if your readers heard from a believer.

I spent some time in counseling during the late stages of my marriage and the early stages of my divorce. The best part of counseling for me was that no matter what I told my ...Read more

Ask Amy: Elder exes want to reignite their flame

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Dear Amy: I’m a 71-year-old man. Twenty years ago I was married, had an affair, and left my marriage.

I am still with “the other woman,” but not married.

My relationship with my ex is very good and we speak often.

At the time of this affair, we had four children, ranging in age from 13 to 20.

They are all grown now with families of ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox: Love Struck in California

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Dear Annie: I have been in love with "Cliff" for four years. We bought a home together two years ago, but soon after, he became unemployed, angry and spiteful. I tried to tough it out, believing it would eventually get better, but when Cliff became verbally abusive, I took my two kids and left. I asked him if he wanted me to stay, and he said no...Read more

Is There Still Hope for a Relationship With My Parents?

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Dear Annie: I was hoping you could help me out with a family problem. I'm a woman in my early 20s who was adopted at age 5 by a gay couple (two men). One of them, "Eric," is fairly kind and docile but is only comfortable with surface-level emotions and discussions. My other "dad," "Tom," is another matter entirely. He is aggressive, ...Read more

Ask Amy: Middle-schooler calls out dress codes as sexist

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Dear Amy: I'm a sixth-grade girl in middle school, and I love your column.

I finally started to become confident, but something that happened a couple of days ago struck me down.

I got dress-coded by my teacher because I wore a shirt that had cut-outs on the shoulders.

We can’t wear cropped shirts or shirts with spaghetti straps. This wasn�...Read more